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15 years of Dreamnight success at Belfast Zoo

Date: 14 Jun 2019


On 7 June 2019, Belfast Zoo opened its doors for the 15th annual Dreamnight charity event.

This year’s event was a fantastic evening with over 250 families in attendance (over 1200 visitors) from the Cancer Fund for Children, Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice and the Royal Victoria Hospital for Sick Children. Belfast Zoo’s Dreamnight also had over 120 volunteers involved in the amazing charity event.

Dreamnight is celebrated in zoos around the world and has been a great success in Belfast Zoo for the last 15 years. The event is organised in partnership with the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI). It is extremely unique as it provides all of the families involved the opportunity to enjoy themselves and feel safe in a fun filled environment surrounded by zoo life.

Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor John Finucane, officially opened the event this year, also getting involved in some of the ‘zooper’ activities at Dreamnight.

“It was an honour to be at Dreamnight at Belfast Zoo this year - getting to meet with some of the amazing children and families at this special event,” he said.

Zoo manager, Alyn Cairns, said “We are always delighted to open the zoo up for these special VIP families. It’s lovely to see the families enjoying some quality time together and taking part in some of the fantastic entertainments including emergency vehicle displays, vintage vehicle displays, bouncy castles, face painting, children’s characters, balloon modelling, badge making, animal feeding times, the once in a lifetime opportunity to feed the giraffe herd and much more! We received enormous support from businesses across Northern Ireland with lots of kind donations and volunteers, everyone came together to create an unforgettable event, It really was a ‘dream come true’ for all the children and their families’’

Belfast Zoo would like to thank all our sponsors for their incredible donations to the event: HB, Rebel Legion Ireland (Star Wars), Funky Fun, Boojum, Mr. Hullabaloo, Friendly Faces, East Antrim Old Vehicle Club, Counterpoint, Amadeus, Spar, Glens of Antrim Crisps, Makro, Four Star Pizza, Disney, Jubilee Veterinary Centre and Mauds. Belfast Zoo would also like to thank our charity partners for the event Cancer Fund for Children, Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice and the Royal Victoria Hospital for Sick Children.